Posted 13 March 2006 - 09:38 AM
I agree with dc3. Building a computer is rather simple, and once you build your own, you'll wonder why you didnt' do it sooner!
I've built 2 machines on a budget, and have been impressed with how they run and handle programs such as photoshop and premiere pro, both for well under $1,000. The only thing I'd do differently it get a P4 instead of a celeron.
For running photoshop and a cad program, either AMD or Pentium will do fine. I'd recommend 2 gb ram (2 X 1gb sticks), as photoshop (probably the cad programs too) are ram hogs. I'd go with a 80 gb hdd for the OS and antivirus, but add a second drive of 200gb for Photoshop and the cad programs (photoshop likes to have it's temporary scratch disk on a drive seperate from Windows, hence the second drive). Multiple cooling fans for case (of course), and a decent (not a cheap one) 500 or 550 watt power supply. Since the programs you're using will be cpu intensive, and not rely to heavily on a graphics card, I'd get at least a 64mb (maybe a 128) graphics card to run your video. Onboard sound should be fine, but a sound card is a cheap upgrade (only $28 at walmart for a SB live 24bit soundcard). For a cpu, I'd get at least a P4 3.06 800mhz fsb, or the AMD equivalent. Photoshop is supposed to support hyperthreading/dual core, but have noticed that hyper threading usually causes more heart ache than it's worth. As for a case, don't get a cheap one...I bought a case for $17.99 (on sale) and got exactly what I paid for....junk.
You should be able to do a decent computer for under $1,000 easily.
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